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Black Ferns imposing with massive Samoan win

NZR

allblacks.com     08 Jun 2014     NZR

After a rusty opening 15 minutes, the Black Ferns looked comfortable in scoring 14 tries, including five to fullback Selica Winiata, at the expense of tiring Manusina defence.

Kelly Brazier, who finished with six conversions, was at the heart of New Zealand's attack, setting up a number of tries with her deft footwork

The Black Ferns warmed into their work as Samoa withstood some early pressure from the hosts in the he opening 10 minutes.

The hosts were their own worst enemies at times, with some poor ball handling and disappointing penalties allowing Samoa to catch their breath.

But once the machine kicked into gear, the Black Ferns illustrated why their back line is one of the most feared in the world.

After dropping a ball on an earlier attack, Hireme made the most of her second opportunity thanks to a superb display from New Zealand's Sevens-infused back line.

A Kelly Brazier pass found Amiria Rule and fellow Sevens star Winiata, before the ball ended up in Hireme's hands. The former Kiwi Fern star's second try in as many games gave the hosts the lead after 16 minutes.

The floodgates opened towards the second quarter as the Manusina defence tired. Having kept New Zealand out stoically in the opening exchanges, the opponents could only jog back into position, exposing space and numbers for the Kiwi girls to feast on.

And feast they did. Three tries in the final 12 minutes of the first half put paid to a solid opening 28 minutes for Samoa and their new coach Euili Lale Saumuina as they stared down the barrel of a 26-0 half-time deficit.

Ninety seconds after the resumption and New Zealand were in again as Hireme strolled over for the second afternoon. She was joined on the score sheet three minutes later by Huriana Manuel as New Zealand's lead increased to 38-0 after 44 minutes.

Some quick thinking from halfback Emma Jensen ensured Rawinia Everitt became the side's fifth try scorer of the evening when she dotted down from close range.

But Samoa refused to buckle, and after 53 minutes of defending their line, of jogging back to cover their lines - Samoa had their first points over New Zealand.

A charge from close range ensured hooker Sharlene Fagalilo etched her name into Manusina Samoa folklore with the team's first try against the four-time defending champions.

It was Samoa's moment in a sea of black as New Zealand piled on a further six tries, including Winiata's fifth, to comfortably surpass the 50-0 win they had over Samoa in their only other effort at the 2006 Women's Rugby World Cup.

Samoa first five-eighths Bella Milo had the last say in the game with a converted try to end the match on a high note for the large number of Samoa supporters in attendance.

New Zealand 90 (Selica Winiata 5, Honey Hireme 2, Renee Wickliffe 2, Huriana Manuel 2, Rawinia Everitt, Shakira Baker, Amiria Rule tries; Kelly Brazier 6 con, Kendra Cocksedge 4 con) Samoa 12 (Sharlene Fagalilo, Bella Milo tries, Milo con) HT 26-0.